Nonprofit Resources of the Week – 5/12/24

Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Resources of the Week. I had the privilege of spending much of the week in Zion National Park (pictured above) for the first time and learned that “approximately 71 percent of Utah consists of public lands managed by federal or state agencies.” Compare that to California (52.1 percent), New York (37.1 perceent), and Texas (4.2 percent), according to (based on a 1991 Census report).

Notable Nonprofit Posts, Articles, & Other Resources:

Is a House Panel Providing Charity Oversight or ‘Ideological Policing?’ (Alex Daniels, Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Opinion: What Part of Civil Society Will Trump’s Party Target Next? (Michelle Goldberg, NY Times)

The $230 Billion Donor-Advised Fund Industry Gets an IRS Hearing (Stephanie Beasley, Chronicle of Philanthropy) [Ed. For me, the biggest threat posed by the proposed regulations, if promulgated without change (which I believe is unlikely based on what Treasury and IRS officials appear to be signaling), is the total upheaval of fiscal sponsorship that would be created by turning most of the funds associated with fiscal sponsorship into DAFs. See Fiscal Sponsorship & Proposed DAF Regs? and Fiscal Sponsorship and the Proposed DAF Regulations: How Big a Problem Do We Have? (Karl Mill).]

Why Isn’t No-Strings Funding More Common? (Deb Nelson & Tina Beck, Stanford Social Innovation Review)

More from Fewer: The Growing Role of Ultra-Wealthy Donors (Isaiah Thompson, Nonprofit Quarterly)

Pro-Trump Nonprofit Paid Millions to Companies Tied to Its Own Leaders (David A. Fahrenthold, NY Times)

Money Toward Memories (Joel Anderson, Slate)

Grant Fraud in the Charitable Sector (Linda Rosenthal, For Purpose Law Group)

Impact Investing Should Be Hard (Maoz (Michael) Broan, Stanford Social Innovation Review)

National Park Foundation [Ed. I had the privilege of visiting and hiking in Zion National Park this past week. Incredible part of our country, and I’m grateful to all, including the park workers, volunteers, and nonprofits that work to preserve its natural beauty and important ecosystems.]

Significant Events:

  • “Israel is ready to “stand alone” in the fight against its enemies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday, after President Biden warned that he would halt the flow of certain weapons if Israeli troops invaded Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. …[F]or months, the Biden administration has said it would not support an operation in the city, where more than 1 million people have sought refuge, unless Israel presented a credible plan to evacuate and protect civilians in the area.” Washington Post
  • “A highly anticipated report from the State Department concludes that the U.S. may continue to send weapons to Israel despite apparent Israeli violations of international humanitarian law. The long-awaited report comes just two days after the president said he would suspend a shipment of bombs to Israel as it surges forces around Rafah. Nick Schifrin reports.” PBS NewsHour
  • “At first glance, the world economy looks reassuringly resilient. … Look deeper, though, and you see fragility. For years the order that has governed the global economy since the second world war has been eroded. Today it is close to collapse. A worrying number of triggers could set off a descent into anarchy, where might is right and war is once again the resort of great powers. Even if it never comes to conflict, the effect on the economy of a breakdown in norms could be fast and brutal.” The Economist

Equity and Justice Related Articles & Resources:

This Holocaust Remembrance Day, survivors have a message: Don’t let history ‘repeat itself’ (Phaedra Trethan, USA Today)

Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month (Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

DEI is getting a new name. Can it dump the political baggage? (Taylor Telford and Julian Mark, Washington Post)

Climate Change Articles & Resources:

World’s top climate scientists expect global heating to blast past 1.5C target (Damian Carrington, Guardian)

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory just captured ominous signals about the planet’s health (Scott Dance, Washington Post)

Democrats say Big Oil misled public for decades about climate change (Chase Cain, NBC News) [Ed. The article references a Joint Staff Report from the Democratic staff of the House Oversight Committee and Senate Budget Committee.]